Your home's thermostat is one of the most important components of the HVAC system, allowing you to control the temperature in your home as desired. But not all thermostats are created equal. Some will suck the energy out of your home, while others can help significantly lower utility costs. Upgrading a thermostat can save more energy, particularly if you select the right style of thermostat for your home comfort needs.
Picking the Right Type Thermostat
Thermostats come in two basic types: manual or programmable. Both will work with a variety of HVAC systems, with functionality serving as the biggest difference between the two.
If you have an older home, there's a good chance it was equipped with a manual thermostat when it was built. They're less expensive but can end up costing more over time due to their limited operational options. Unless you're extremely mindful about changing the temperature on it at the various times of the day, a manual thermostat will likely result in energy waste.
You can save between 5 to 15 percent on utility costs by turning the temperature back 10 to 15 degrees for eight-hour blocks of time everyday, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For those with busy lifestyles, this is achieved with much greater ease by using a programmable thermostat. These advanced gadgets will automatically turn on and off according to the schedule you've set.
There are several types with various features available (touch screen, remote programming, etc.) and different setting options:
- 7-day model - You can set a different schedule for every day of the week.
- 5-2 model - This style of programmable thermostat enables residents to program one schedule for weekdays and another for the weekend.
- 5-1-1 model - This type lets homeowners set one program during weekdays, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
More recently, even more sophisticated thermostat models are being offered to homeowners allowing added features like: automatic life style adaptation to the programming, connection to the internet and remote monitoring with your smart phone to mention just a few of the recent developments. Remote connectivity with your smart phone allows for the homeowner to monitor and control the temperature in their home from anywhere in the world. In the wake of the past winter, this has become a popular feature for many who travel or who migrate to a second home for the winter months. It allows homeowners to monitor the temperature to protect their home from equipment failure and frozen pipes.
For more tips on upgrading a thermostat, please contact us at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling anytime.